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Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (55) / 8/27/1962
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 190
Drafted: 1985 / UDFA / DET

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Adam Oates may once again join Peter DeBoer's bench, this time in San Jose.
While all that's in stone is that "Adam Oates is not going back to the New Jersey Devils." Oates was one of DeBoer's assistants in 2011-12 with New Jersey when they lost the Stanley Cup to the LA Kings. Tue, Jun 9, 2015 09:43:00 PM

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The Devils have not made any decisions as to whether Adam Oates or Scott Stevens could be the team’s head coach of the future.

General manager Lou Lamoriello would not tip his hand as to whether they are even candidates. "I'm not going to get into discussions about any of that," Lamoriello said. "Right now, all of us are just focused on what we're doing right now and how we can get going in the right direction. Everybody's thinking that way. Nobody's thinking any other way. If anybody is, I'm not aware of it and have seen no indications of it in the work ethic and the time that's being put into it – not that it wasn't the case before." Lamoriello, along with Stevens and Oates, have all been behind the bench after Peter DeBoer was fired.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 11:20:00 PM

The New Jersey Devils players conducted an informal practice on Dec. 26.

The coaching staff wasn't present for the Devils' skate, which is an important distinction because if they were, then the practice would have likely been found to be in violation of the CBA. As it is, the NHL might investigate the matter if it hasn't already. In this case though, Devils coach Pete DeBoer was fired early on Dec. 26, so he obviously wouldn't have been there under any circumstances.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:41:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils reportedly reached out to Adam Oates to join the team as a co-coach before getting permission from the Washington Capitals.

Oates is obviously not the head coach of the Capitals anymore, but they still control his rights as they relieved him of his duties when there was still time left on his contract. Regardless of what happened, Washington and the NHL consider the matter resolved.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:54:00 AM

The New Jersey Devils have named Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as co-coaches.

We are not sure how this is going to work but both will be under GM Lou Lamoriello for the next few games as Lamoriello is expected lead the Devils in the short term. This should be interesting as perhaps Stevens will be in charge of the blueliners with Oates taking over the forwards.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Josh Rimer of reports that Paul MacLean will not be the next coach of the New Jersey Devils but it looks like it will be Adam Oates.

Oates last coached the Washington Capitals in the 2013-14 season. Stay tuned as GM Lou Lamoriello is expected to talk to the media at 10:30ET Saturday morning.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Mike Haviland has decided to leave his post as the Hershey Bears' coach to serve behind the bench at Colorado College.

Haviland was one of the top candidates to become the Washington Capitals' bench boss in 2012, but the job went to Adam Oates instead. Oates was recently fired from that post.
Fri, May 9, 2014 03:56:00 PM

A major reason for the firing of coach Adam Oates and the non-renewal of GM George McPhee was the players exit interviews.

All did not go well for Oates and McPhee as owner Ted Leonsis and team President Dick Patrick did not like what was said. "When we spoke to all of the individuals, we said, 'We know this is uncomfortable and you should be able to tell us whatever you want or tell us nothing, but whatever you tell us is just going to be between me and Dick because we're seeking out information,'" Leonsis said. The Capitals will now hire a new GM who will hire a new head coach.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:05:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee.

Despite Alexander Ovechkin leading the NHL in goals, the Caps did not make the playoffs. "George has been a terrific, longtime executive for our franchise, and I’m grateful for his commitment to the organization for the past 17 years," said Caps owner Ted Leonsis. "Under his leadership the Capitals won seven division titles. . . He was a highly effective manager who is extremely well regarded within our organization and around the NHL. We have the utmost respect for him and his family and wish them nothing but the very best. We are also appreciative of Adam’s efforts and thank him for his devotion, work ethic and contributions the past two seasons. He is a smart, tactical coach who improved the performance of several of our players. He is a Hall of Fame player who we believe will be a longtime coach in the NHL. We will help him in whatever way we are able and wish him well."
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10:51:00 AM

When the curtain closes on the Capitals’ 2013-14 season this may be the statistic that stands out the most:

When they have scored two or fewer goals this season the Caps are 0-25-6. Conversely, when they’ve scored three or more they are 24-4-7. "Two goals against on the road should be enough," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We couldn’t score."Actually, the Capitals could score, but just once in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. And now the Caps are in serious danger of missing the playoffs, despite having one of the best teams in the NHL on paper with the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn't a fan of shootouts.

That's despite the fact that the Capitals have an 8-3 record in shootouts this season. "I don't believe in them," he said. "I know the fans like it, but that's because it has kind of a carnival effect. I mean, I get it. It's in the rules, but maybe because I never played with it, I don't really like it very much." The NHL has shown signs that they want to see less shootouts. They excluded shootout wins when determining the number of victories each team has for the top playoff tiebreaker, which gives teams added incentive to finish tied contests in the overtime period. There's also been talk of extending overtime to reduce the likelihood of a shootout. At the same time, it doesn't look like the skills competition is going to go away entirely as it guarantees that no game will end in a tie without the risk of contests continuing indefinitely.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 09:59:00 AM

While he didn't name names, Washington coach Adam Oates blamed senior members of the Capitals for a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday night.

"Tonight I’m a little more mad at the older guys for [not] helping the young kids out," Oates said, presumably referring to mistakes by Mikhael Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat, all of which led to Montreal goals. "We cant expect to win games going down 3-0," said Troy Brouwer, who tried to get things going with a first-period fight with P.K. Subban and a team-high six hits. "It’s been a big problem of ours all season long, getting down by goals. We have the ability in this room to come back, but you’re not going to be able to do it every night." Asked what could generate better starts, Brouwer quipped: "Maybe we need better music or something. We need to find a way to get better."
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby seems to be at odds with some of his teammates when it comes to how Washington is preparing for games.

"You see too much of guys joking around and listening to music and just looking really loose, like it's a practice," Holtby said. "We're paid to prepare, [not to] have a dance party before the game." On the other hand, Nicklas Backstrom feels that individual players can be trusted to get ready for games in their own way. Capitals coach Adam Oates, who referred to himself as a "jokester" in the leadup to games during his playing days, agreed with Backstrom. Meanwhile Washington is 5-7-0 this season.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:50:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have been outscored 9-4 in first periods this season.

Those slow starts have led to Washington's 2-4-0 record. "We've got to figure out a way to just be focused earlier," Coach Adam Oates said. "The biggest thing that's frustrating is the passing for me. You're passing it to your buddy, you put it in his feet and you put him in a difficult situation. We've got to conquer that, and we will." Even on Monday when they beat Edmonton 4-2 and were tied through 20 minutes, the Capitals were only able to get three shots on goal in the first period. They'll play another struggling team on Wednesday in the New York Rangers.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Capitals coach Adam Oates wants his team to stay the course despite the slow start.

The Capitals are 1-3 at the start of the season and their second line has no points at even strength. "Obviously we want wins, but I told the boys (Friday), we did a lot of good things," Oates said. "Our team is not a team that I think has problems scoring goals. We are right now, but that’s not going to be our forte. Keep playing the way we’re playing. ... That’s the message, and if it means at some point we’ve got to shake it up, I’ll shake it up. But I don’t think it’s a chemistry thing right now."
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 11:50:00 AM

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